2006 Conference General Sessions

Teaching Individuals to Use Assistive Technology

Edward Rosenthal
Next Generation Technologies Inc.
20006 Cedar Valley Rd. #101

Country: USA
Day Phone: 425—744—1100

Sue Martin
Veterans Administration
Birmingham VAMC
ountry: USA
Day Phone: (205) 933—8ZOl extension 6994
Email: sue.martin@med.va.gov

This session will focus on bringing state—of—the—art technologies to people with disabilities (mobility, blindness, low vision) and discuss/focus on training issues.
Complete Paper: Both presenters have extensive experience in evaluating individuals with disabilities for use of assistive technology, deploying assistive technology, training users, and providing technical support to these users. The purpose of this section is to discuss some of the latest technologies being implemented and review some “hard lessons learned”.
The primary focus of the technology portion will be on technologies for people with blindness/low vision and mobility impairment as both Mr. Rosenthal in Ms. Martin have worked with speech input/voice output integration technologies. In her role as Assistive Technology specialist with the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center Ms. Martin has had the opportunity to work with individuals that were new to computing and presented multiple disabilities. Mr. Rosenthal, as president and CEO of Next Generation Technologies, maintains a primary practice and assistive technology and has extensive experience providing a broad range of assistive technology both in organizational structures and for individuals.
This one-hour session will provide information on ideas for evaluation individuals with disabilities, how to prepare appropriately for technology implementation, issues
associated with skills transference/training, and how do anticipate ongoing technical issues associated with various assistive technologies (PC—based).

Two of the primary objectives of this presentation are to discuss assistive technology issues that may indicate or contraindicate use of this technology for particular individuals, and to discuss unique aspects of JSay technology that provide its core consistency and interactive support for users. Taken together these objectives should elp both prospect of end—users and assistive technology professionals better understand he design approach of JSay technology and even the decision-making process about using JSay as an appropriate accommodation.
Intended for beginning through advanced PC users and assistive technology professionals people attending should come away from the presentation with a broad-based sense of the differences between JSay Standard and JSay Professional, understand how this unique approach to speech input/voice output has advanced the state—of—the-art in this middleware approach, and have a better sense of how this technology will help users accomplish their overall PC objectives without using the keyboard/mouse or being able to view the video display. All session attendees will receive support materials (accessible format will be made available).

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